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Castles & Wine Rhine Vintage VWBus Tour

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Experience hosted by Matthias & Marisa

4 hours
Includes drinks, transportation
Up to 6 people
Hosted in German, English

What you'll do

We will pick you and your friends up at an agreed-upon location, usually your accommodation in Bonn or at the train station if you are coming in from Cologne or elsewhere. You’ll board our beautiful 1965 VW Samba bus and take a seat on one of the 2 passenger benches. As we drive towards the Rhine River we’ll do a round of introductions and talk about the day’s program. Over the next hours you will enjoy everything that the Rhine Valley has to offer including steep vineyards, ancient ruins, medieval castles, quaint houses, rustic wine taverns and the mighty Rhine river. We will make frequent stops to take memorable photos, to drink and to see and learn German history up close.

But that’s not all, because a significant aspect to this tour is the vehicle itself. Our VWSamba65 is lovingly restored and it is a feast for the eyes and the touch: the cream-coloured leather, the chrome detailing, the 23 windows that surround you and allow you to really take in the sites from all directions. And if weather allows, the retractable roof will be wide open giving you a glimpse of the tops of the Siebengebirge and other small mountains. And then there’s the sound! There is no mistaking the brrrmmm brrrmmm of an old engine, along with the slight grinding of the gears and the 60s music (or music of your choice) playing from 4 Bose (got to be German of course!) speakers. It’s pure retro romanc
We will pick you and your friends up at an agreed-upon location, usually your accommodation in Bonn or at the train station if you are coming in from Cologne or elsewhere. You’ll board our beautiful 1965 VW Samba bus and take a seat on one of the 2 passenger benches. As we drive towards the Rhine River we’ll do a round of introductions and talk about the day’s program. Over the next hours you will enjoy everything that the Rhine Valley has to of…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    A glass or two of local wines or alternative non-alcoholic refreshment. Bot...
  • Transportation
    Our fully restored 1965 VW Samba Bus with driver, guide and petrol.
From $730
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Matthias & Marisa

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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We are passionate travellers and love meeting people from different cultures. We have 30+ years experience in cultural exchange and have travelled to 70+ countries.
With our new project VWSamba65 we share with visitors our love of our restored 1965 VW bus, the rich German culture, and the beauty of the Rhine Valley.
Our Qualifications: Cars: We are vintage car owners. We participate yearly in classic car rallies. Matthias holds a Rolls Royce Chauffeur licence and a licence to carry passengers.
Tours: Marisa is a former tour guide for Road Scholar and Matthias for Wikinger Reisen. As well, over 3 decades we have guided and prepared 75,000+ people for an experience abroad.
German culture: Matthias is German-born, living in the Rhine Valley for 45 years. Marisa, Canadian-born, has spent the last 10 years getting to know her new home.
We are passionate travellers and love meeting people from different cultures. We have 30+ years experience in cultural exchange and have travelled to 70+ countries.
With our new project VWSamba65 we share with visitors our love of our restored 1965 VW bus, the rich German culture, and the beauty of the Rhine Valley.
Our Qualifications: Cars: We are vintage car owners. We participate yearly in classic car rallies. Matthias holds a Rolls Royce Chauffeur licence and a licence to carry pa…
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Where you'll be

Your tour includes a 13th C castle home to the Order of German Knights; a ride on one of the oldest cogwheel trains (walking is an alternative); a gothic castle built with billions earned at the Paris stock exchange; a 12th C castle ruins eloquently once visited by Lord Byron; German’s Camp David, the official government guesthouse. We'll lunch high up overlooking the Rhine and stop at the best look-outs to take photos and taste local wine.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

We are happy to share our knowledge of Bonn, the Rhine valley, the historical buildings and the history of wine making with you and your friends. Since Roman times, more than 2000 years ago, this part of Germany has been a busy place for trade and culture!

What to bring

Good walking shoes

Camera to capture amazing views